3. How (Not) to Order and Present Lab Tests

  1. Ary L. Goldberger1,2 and
  2. Zachary D. Goldberger3

Published Online: 15 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118380697.ch3

Becoming a Consummate Clinician: What Every Student, House Officer, and Hospital Practitioner Needs to Know

Becoming a Consummate Clinician: What Every Student, House Officer, and Hospital Practitioner Needs to Know

How to Cite

Goldberger, A. L. and Goldberger, Z. D. (2012) How (Not) to Order and Present Lab Tests, in Becoming a Consummate Clinician: What Every Student, House Officer, and Hospital Practitioner Needs to Know, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118380697.ch3

Author Information

  1. 1

    Harvard Medical School and Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA

  2. 2

    Margret and H.A. Rey Institute for Nonlinear Dynamics in Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA

  3. 3

    Division of Cardiology, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 10 AUG 2012

Book Series:

  1. Hospital Medicine: Current Concepts

Book Series Editors:

  1. Scott A. Flanders and
  2. Sanjay Saint

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118011430

Online ISBN: 9781118380697

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Keywords:

  • zigzagging, and how (not) to order/present lab tests;
  • key admission and follow-up laboratory tests;
  • lab tests, not to be regarded routine, even if ordered routinely;
  • issue of “incidentalomas,” apparent “findings”;
  • confusion/errors afflicting presentation of lab tests and zigzagging

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • “Incidental” Findings

  • Classification of Basic Lab Data

  • Presentation of Lab Tests: The Two Major Problems

  • Checking Primary Sources vs. Coping with Work (Over) Flow Pressures

  • Mini-Summary